Anantara Spa is everything you would expect and more. With a varied menu of typically Thai treatments, we chose the 90-minute Turkish Hammam ritual.
The treatment commences with a visit to the salt inhalation room to open the pores, soften the skin and prepare the body for a reenergizing journey ahead. The geometric seating provides a sunken throne to layback in, as the fragrant mist slowly draws the body into a state of utter relaxation.
The gentle aroma of lavender and rose engulf the sunken walkway as you head towards the traditional hammam to embark on an ancient cleansing ritual. The marble walls and elevated podium are reminiscent of a Turkish palace with copper accents and beautifully adorned faucets.
A gentle rose infused shampoo is applied to the hair as a spa therapist slowly fills copper pitchers of warmed water to pour over the body. A rhythmical motion gently covers the body with multiple rounds of trickling water, slowly soothing the senses and preparing the body for the scrub ahead.
A textured mitt glides across the entire body, where each motion tingles the surface of the skin and softly exfoliates any remittance of dead cells, leaving you feeling silky smooth with natural highlights of a radiant glow. A warm rinse prepares the skin for a foamy bath which carefully cleanses the body with a unique ritual practiced to purify the recently exfoliated skin.
The sweet fragrance calms the body as the therapist paints on a thin layer of honey and covers you with a light weight cloth. The heated marble ensures that each skin cell has the opportunity to fully benefit from the healing substance. The experience concludes with a cold rinse to seal the pores and strengthen the skins surface.
A gentle seat in the relaxation room soothes the body as you sip on a frothy cup of savory milk in true Turkish spirit. A 30-minute massage helps the mind and soul unwind and soak in the stunning surroundings. A refreshingly calm beach front walk left us feeling miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
By Dominique Kingsman